Farm and Table
For Blake Spalding and Jen Castle, food is a political statement as well as a delight. Their example has been an inspiration as agriculture and food issues become increasingly urgent. They started Hell’s Backbone Grill 18 years ago with a modest garden, but now cultivate six acres, three hoop houses and a straw-bale greenhouse producing thousands of pounds of fresh produce to be used in the restaurant’s kitchen. Besides growing their own, the duo harvests fruit from local trees, tends a flock of 130 laying hens and buys beef and lamb from local ranchers.
Fun Fact: Hell’s Backbone grill was the first place to sell beer in Garfield County.
See more inside the 2017 May/June Issue.